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You must have read a terrible number of articles stating clearly how horrible belly fat is. It is termed as the worst sort of fat and that is not because its location is right in the middle of our bodies making is absolutely impossible not to notice, but because it is downright unhealthy.
Having an excess amount of fat in our bodies strips you of your self-confidence and although you should teach yourself self-love, you should probably be focusing on your health first. If you're healthy but your body structure is broad and heavy, then you do not need this article.
However, if you have a hanging belly, you might as well know that tummy fat is visceral fat which goes deep under the skin and surrounds our organs and is linked to heart diseases, cancer, diabetes, and many more lethal diseases.
Therefore, the best thing to do when you have tummy fat is to start reducing as quickly as possible, probably right now. Now, no need to feel lost, we will be listing down a few tips to help you reduce belly fat.
1. Drink A Lot Of Water
2. Have A Sound Sleep
4. Reduce Calorie Intake
5. Change Your Lifestyle
6. Too Much Stress
7. Drink Green Tea
1. Drink A Lot Of Water:
Apart from its primary purpose of keeping us alive, it speeds up our metabolism and flushes out toxins through sweat or urine. It is also responsible for keeping us full and therefore a lot of diet plans suggest having water half an hour before one eats food as water will curb our diet by making us feel full.
Water also keeps us hydrated, invigorated, and enthusiastic throughout the day and reduces our cravings for sugary beverages.
2. Have A Sound Sleep:
Everyone's got really busy schedules and working day and night, sacrificing our sleep for studies, work, or anything else we believe is important. However, one's priority should be health and to reduce our body fat, it is absolutely imperative that we sleep for at least 8 hours in the night.
Ghrelin is a hormone that our body releases when we don't get enough sleep. This hormone increases our cravings for sugary and junk food. Cortisol levels also increase in one's body when we do not sleep well. Cortisol is responsible for increasing the glucose level in the body and increasing belly fat. Therefore, a sound sleep is an absolute must for a healthy body and mind.
This is probably the most obvious tip when it comes to decreasing tummy fat or body fat (because spot reduction isn't possible). Exercises, cardio in specific increases the metabolic rate of the body and reduces body fat. Cardio includes running, jogging, aerobics, swimming, or any other exercise that increases one's heartbeat. Cardio helps build lean muscles and tone your body and reduces belly fat by almost 20%.
4. Reduce Calorie Intake:
To keep your belly in check or to reduce belly fat, one must not consume high-calorie food. Therefore, reducing junk food and increasing the intake of high-fibrefoods will help improve your metabolism as well as reducing your tummy fat.
5. Change Your Lifestyle:
The reason you probably have belly fat in the first place is because you have a laid-back, lazy attitude towards life and therefore procrastinate exercising or eating healthy. Therefore, the first thing you need to instill in your life isa positive and healthy lifestyle. If you change your lifestyle for good, then healthy eating and exercising will become a part of you; losing belly fat will just be one of the many positive consequences.
6. Too Much Stress:
You must be wondering, how do I control stress? Well, according to a study you take only as much stress as you want to take. You're allowing the stress to get to you and you need to stop taking stress.
Cortisol is a hormone that is released when one is under stress. This hormone tends to increase the glucose level in the body and stores fat in the lower abdomen. Combine this with a bad diet and you're as unhealthy as it can get. Therefore, reduce stress levels, have a healthy diet and eat low glycemic index foods to keep cortisol in check.
7. Drink Green Tea:
As advertised as it is, it's also quite beneficial to cut that fat down. The flavonoids and caffeine in green tea can help increase metabolism. A study has also proved that people who drink green tea at least twice a day lose 16 times more visceral fat.
A balanced diet is probably the most important factor in reducing belly fat. One's diet should ideally include low-calorie fruits and wholesome grains and vegetables. One should mostly limit or reduce the sodium, sugar, and fat intake for a healthy body.
These were a few tips one should follow if they want to reduce their belly fat. We have already discussed how terrible belly fat can be for one's health and so one should not waste any more time and start taking the necessary steps to get fit.